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, for every 12, 2013. president obama traveled -- will travel down pennsylvania avenue tonight to the u.s. capitol building to deliver the first state of the union address of his second term at 9:00 eastern. c-span coverage begins at 8:00 tonight. we would like to hear from you this morning. how much reducing state of the union addresses matter? here are the numbers to call -- be it can also find us online. john the conversation -- -- join the conversation. the front page of "politico's website -- we will talk about lobbying later on this morning. first, let's look at the five stings it says to watch the president obama address tonight. , do you think state of the union addresses matter? that's our question for you. on facebook we have a poll where you can weigh in. the washington post says the impact of annual addresses does not intend to be long-lasting. what do you stinkpot? jim in therapy -- what do you think? jim in fairfax station. caller: no, they don't matter. it's an opportunity to look at what is said in a state of the union and move forward a year after it and assess what was
wrote to president obama asking for the underlining memos that the administration still has approdeclined to provide to congress. 11 senators signed that. a total of eight democrats and three republicans. democrat ron wyden was leading the charge on a letter. the chairman of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy was on the letter on the democratic side. on the republican side, a motley crew of senators. you had mike lee of utah, grassley of iowa, susan collins of maine. that sort of indication of where you get concerned about the drone issue on the hill. you see a smattering of liberal democrats concerned in the house and a small handful of libertarian-leaning republicans that have expressed concerns on this issue. host: these underlying memos that the members of congress want, do they have to do with just drone strikes in general, drone strikes that have occurred against other alleged al qaeda operatives? guest: they may not happen to withdraw on strikes in general. they might have to do with drone strikes in specific. one of the issues that came up here is our anwar
about the misuse of power. we like to hear your thoughts this morning. caller: president obama will release over 10,000 dangers illegal aliens that are guilty of drunk driving, rape, murder. he is going to release all these people to -- this is on the same day that the sequester would go through. there is no need to release these people. we have the money to send these people back. the paper is wrong about 300. host: where are you getting your number? caller: off of a news program. host: do you know which one? caller: we have almost 1 million illegals come through our county each year. host: hundreds of detainees have been released in recent days in an unusual effort to save money. host: a couple other stories in the news. chuck hagel is confirmed as defense secretary after a battle and as budget cuts loom. from michigan on the democrat's line. caller: good morning. about the sequester -- it is a made-up thing between the parties. the budget has been going down as a percentage of spending. the budget has gone down five years in a row. i did nothing there is a question mr. obama
will shake out. it's just the beginning of the term for mr obama, which i am really glad that we have a black president for the first time and that is doing a really great. great i do approve democracy 100%. i am a democrat. in regard to the two points. are you still there? host: a if you could get to the minimum wage. caller: bringing to the minimum wage up to $9 and ours is kind of high. -- $9 an hour. if we look at an increase of $1.50, that's a burden to employers, even if you have one employee. we have seen increases in the minimum wage throughout history. typically it does not go up a whole dollar. it does not make much sense in regard to the cost of living and [indiscernible] . it's not going to help. i think the minimum wage needs to be increased. it should not be more than 95 cents. there are a lot of rules. host: i think we get your point. dawn is in florida. caller: i totally support the increase in minimum wage. i work for fortune 500 grocery chain that's in the top 100. i make $9 an hour. they make billions a year. i an a cashier.i sca i scan food all day that i cannot afford to
guy. i am not going to comment on going dead with president obama, but you know, i believe that our country is still the same that it was with our founding fathers when they found it. i just think that because of all the debt to all of these, all these is actually, you know, maybe the legislation and the senate has had to go, go through tough times now because of the actual follow the -- fall of the economy and maybe they actually resorted to borrowing or helping the wrong hand. there is so many people in the it would house that are, you know, secret societies and, you know, it is just that there are so many people in the white house that are actually the wrong people. it is scary. so i can see where the president is actually, you know, taxing the rich people, and it is a good thing because if he wouldn't be taxing them, they would waste the money on trips, you know? >> host: we hear from trudy now in mexico. hi, trudy. republican. hi, there. >> caller: hi. >> host: what do you make of this? >> caller: just keep it going. the reason i called is a couple of weeks ago, big durbin was
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